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Dirty Santa Gifts
Dirty Santa Gift ideas- Naughty and Nice
Just what is a Dirty Santa Gift? (a.k.a. Secret Santa Gift, White Elephant, Yankee Swap) Every Holiday season, our family and friends get together to celebrate and we always play a fun game. Since, there are so many of us, it would be much too expensive to purchase gifts for each person. In this game, we only have to buy one. The game we play is referred to as "Dirty Santa," now don't let the name scare you, there is nothing perverse about this game. The "dirty" refers to the dirty thieving Santa, who is played by none other then "YOU". Well all participants will have the opportunity to portray this role.
The Dirty Santa's objective is to get the best gift possible by stealing it from someone who has already opened theirs and is most likely trying to hide it under the table and out of view of the Dirty Santa. This by the way, is against the rules since all opened gifts must remain in plain view of the old dirty one.
This game is such great fun. You never know what to expect when you open your gift, since some people like to give really funny gag gifts. Just be prepared because you most likely will get stuck with one. Imagine the shock on your face when you open a gift and it is a "camouflage beer-guzzling helmet" complete with the two cans of beer. You will hope someone will steal this gift from you. Just maybe, when it is Uncle Al's turn he will need one of these and steal it away from you. But most likely you will be stuck with it. However, don't worry because you can always re-gift it next year.
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Basics of a Dirty Santa Gift
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The host/hostess sets the amount to spend on the Dirty Santa Gift (a.k.a Secret Santa Gift), usually this amount is around $20. You will want to choose a universal gift which would be appropriate for a guy or a girl. Everyone wraps their gift beautifully, and also makes sure the contents are not revealed. We always give a special gift at the end to the person who brought the gift which was stolen the most. So guess which one gets chosen first? Yep, the best wrapped or sometimes the biggest. You know everyone thinks, "the bigger the better." Well, trust me this is not always so, because the "camouflage beer guzzling helmet" was in a ginormous box.
The gifts which get stolen the most vary and it really depends on how unique and creative the players are. You will be amazed at some of the gifts. The gifts you choose can be something fun, different, useful, or just ridiculous. Ridiculous, only If you like to play this way. We do! Liquor type gifts seem to be a favorite and definitely the most popular. You will see some Great Dirty Santa Gift Ideas listed below.
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Make your own gift basket
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Create your own gift basket with these products. Who doesn't love a frothy cappuccino. Just find an old basket or container you have laying around at home and fill with these products to create a themed basket anyone would love. Another idea for a container for your gifts is a cardboard box which you can cover with wrapping paper and decorate with all sorts of embellishments.
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An Assortment of Cream of Soups and Recipes
For this gift, purchase about 10 cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups and a Campbells Cookbook. Put it in a nice box and wrap!
Purchase a plain white t-shirt and a sharpie marker and write something funny. Be Creative and funny!
Gift Bag Bonanza
You cold use old ones you have laying around or buy an assortment pack of gift bags. Put all of them into one big give bag, cover it with tissue paper, and you've got an excellent Dirty Santa Gift!
Variety of Cookie Mixes
Buy an assortment of cookie mixes. Well this is not very dirty, but it is a nice secret Santa gift for anyone. Who doesn't like cookies?
Find an exercise video, any type you like. A funny one might be Richard Simmons, but any will do. Consider including a bag of cookies or doritos. This is definitely a unique Christmas gift.
A Jar of Loose Change
This will probably be the most popular gift, the dirty Santa gift everyone tries to steal and fight over! Wrap it as ugly as you possibly can, use a big brown paper bag, and tape it closed with duct tape.
The game begins with everyone drawing a number out of a hat. Number 1 will go first and the turn continues sequentially. Unfortunately, number 1 does not have an opportunity to steal a gift since they are the first to go. The person that goes first also gets an additional turn at the end which I'll go into detail in a bit. Player 1 chooses a gift and opens it.
After that, the game gets much more interesting. The next player has the option of taking a new present and opening it or stealing player #1's gift. If that happens then the person that had their gift "stolen" from them has the option to open a new gift or steal an open gift. Now, there are some rules so it is not a stealing frenzy.
- Rule #1, if player A steals from player B, then player B cannot steal that gift again until the next round and only if the gift that they currently have is stolen.
- Rule #2, A round ends in two way. First, a player decides they want to open a wrapped gift instead of stealing one. Secondly, if there are three steals in one round. For example, player 1 steals from player 2, and player 2 then steals from player 3, and then player 3 steals from player 4. The third player who's gift was stolen must chose a gift to open. There can not be more than 3 steals in one round.
Back to player #1, who has been sitting there checking out all those fine gifts. Well if you are lucky enough to be player #1, you hold all the cards. Player 1 has a choice to steal any of the gifts which have already been opened or to just keep the one they have. If they keep the one they have, the game ends. If they choose to steal, the game will continue with "3 steal limit". Therefore, if player #1 steals player #2, then #2 can steal from someone with the game ending at the 3 steal total per round.
The most popular gift or the one stolen the most is the winner of the final prize. This prize is a gift given by the host of the party. A final prize gift we usually do is a few scratch off lottery tickets placed in a small box and wrapped. Everyone always likes these and your chances to actually win some money is always a plus.
This is a really fun game and can be played so many ways. Just make sure whichever rules you decide to go with, you present them clearly to your guests. Just to make sure there is no confusion. Other options for this game are to do themes. For example, an ornament theme, where everyone brings a wrapped ornament. It could be done with wine, books, beer, gourmet food items, gift cards etc.
So next time you are throwing a party, remember the Dirty Santa Game. Your guests will love you for it.
What Kind of Dirty Santa are You
Now you see there are many kinds of Dirty Santa Gifts ideas. This game is a lot of fun and a great game to play with a large group of adults.
Which type of Dirty Santa are you?
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